Play­cen­tre al­ways fun for Loreena

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Porirua mother Loreena Daw­son is re­garded as a ninja or a su­per­hero by many Ti­tahi Bay chil­dren.

To Ti­tahi Bay Play­cen­tre par­ents and care­givers she is a friend and a vol­un­teer with nearly eight years un­der her belt work­ing as an ed­u­ca­tor of her com­mu­nity’s chil­dren.

Dur­ing Vol­un­teer Aware­ness Week re­cently, Daw­son fin­ished her time at the play­cen­tre.

‘‘ I joined Ti­tahi Bay Play­cen­tre be­cause I had good friends who took their chil­dren there and loved it,’’ she said. ‘‘As a school teacher I wanted to be in­volved in my chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.’’

Her four chil­dren have had a play­cen­tre ed­u­ca­tion and she said they were all con­fi­dent, imag­i­na­tive learn­ers, who thought out­side the box.

‘‘While the chil­dren re­ceived a preschool ed­u­ca­tion from adults with a wide va­ri­ety of skills, I also re­ceived an ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘ Part of volunteering at play­cen­tre is com­plet­ing ear­ly­child­hood ed­u­ca­tion cred­its.’’

Af­ter com­plet­ing them and volunteering for al­most ev­ery role in the cen­tre, Daw­son ended up chang­ing her ca­reer. ‘‘I am half­way through a grad­u­ate diploma in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, so I can con­tinue to work with preschool­ers and get paid to do it.’’

Loreena Daw­son wears the cloak made for her by the Ti­tahi Bay Play­cen­tre chil­dren.

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